Thanis Lim – Penang

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Penang Road’s Joo Hoi Café has the famous Assam Laksa, a favourite of many who travelled all over the world to eat this. There’s something magical about that spicy and sour soup.
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Heng Huat Café’s at Lorong Selamat has the best Penang Char Kway Teow I have ever tasted. It’s fried using charcoal fire which achieves a higher heat than conventional gas flames ensuring a good wok hei (caramelization) of the rice noodles! I have never tasted such a perfect Kway Teow before! I ordered another big plate – and finished it happily!
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Pop over to Lean Thye for Lor Mee. Seriously who can resist such a sinful thick syrupy goodness! SLURPALICIOUS?!
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Old Green House restaurant specialises in Hokkien Mee (Prawn Noodles). It has a nice bright red colour but be wary of their chili paste – it’s very spicy so don’t add too much at once or it will spoil your soup! It has a pretty good prawn flavour.
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One of my favourite stops was the famous Kedai Kopi Siew Fong Lye, along Mcallister Lane, where you will get to eat the Penang Style Cheong Fun by Mdm Lim Mei Fung, the sauce she uses reminds me of the Lee Loi Fatt Rojak sauce!
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Stigun Coffee Shop along Jalan Nagor is set among a lot of beautiful heritage style restaurants and cafes. Try the good old cinnamon buns, sedap! Crispy pastry like texture on the outside I must say!

This article was published in the Apr-Jun 2014 issue of Inspire Magazine. Download it here!


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Thanis Lim is a food journalist with work published in the Lonely Planet. His blog posts on food in Brunei, Hatyai and Penang are highly ranked on Google. Thanis has also won acclaim and awards for his cooking. You can watch Thanis on RTB every saturday at 10.30am or visit his blog at www. thanislim.com.